Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 4, 1644-1646. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Sabbati, primo Novembris, 1645.
ORdered, That Mr. Gourdon do desire Mr. Newcomen to preach on Wednesday next, being the Fifth of November, before the House of Commons, at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster, in the place of Mr. Vines, formerly desired to preach on that Day, and hath since desired to be excused, in regard of his Occasions to be out of Town at that time.
An Ordinance for Restitution of Richard Aldworth to be one of the Aldermen of the City of Bristoll; and of Richard Vickris, and Luke Hodges, late Sheriffs there, to be of the Common-Council of the said City; also for Removing of Francis Creswick, now Mayor there, from the Place of Mayor of the said City; and for Admitting and Swearing of John Gunning to be Mayor in his Place; and for Appointing of John Harrington Esquire to be One of the Committee of Bristoll was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Mr. Edward Ash is appointed to carry this Ordinance to the Lords.
A Letter from Colonel-General Pointz, from Southwell, of 25 Octobris 1645, desiring a Supply of Powder and Match, was this Day read.
Resolved, &c. That Fifty Barrels of Powder, with Bullet proportionable, and a double Proportion of Match, be forthwith provided out of the publick Stores, and sent to Nottingham, for the Service of the Forces under ColonelGeneral Pointz. And
It is further Ordered, That the Committee of Coventry do, out of their Magazine, forthwith furnish Twenty Barrels of Powder for the Service of the said Forces under Colonel-General Pointz; and send the same to Nottingham: And that these Twenty Barrels of Powder shall be refurnished to the Garison of Coventry, out of the Fifty Barrels of Powder appointed to be provided out of the publick Stores, for the Service of the said Forces: And Colonel Bosewell, Mr. Millington, and Sir Christopher Yelverton, are to take care for the Supplying of these Twenty Barrels of Powder to the Garison of Coventry accordingly.
A Letter from the Scotts Commissioners, from WorcesterHouse, of 28 Octobris 1645, with a Declaration inclosed, published by the Standing-Committees of the Three Ridings of the County of Yorke, assembled together; a Letter from the Committee at Yorke, of 23 Octobris 1645; a Letter from the Committee at Yorke, of 24 Octobris 1645, with a List of the most considerable Prisoners taken at the late Battle near Sherborne in Yorkeshire; a Letter from the Committees at Yorke, with the aforesaid Declaration inclosed; and the Copy of a Letter enclosed, from the said Committee, to the Earl of Leven, concerning the said Declaration; were all this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That they be all referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons, appointed to prepare an Answer to the Scotts Papers: And they are desired to bring in the Declaration, in Answer to those Papers, and to these Letters, on Monday next.
Mr. Ash carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the Ordinance concerning Bristoll: The Vote for Ten Pounds for the Messenger that brought the Informations concerning Prince Rupert: The Ordinance concerning the Court of Wards: And the Ordinance for One hundred Twenty-one Pounds Two Shillings, out of the Excise, in Course, for the Earl of Lincoln: And the Vote for the Committee of Goldsmiths-Hall, to commit such Persons as refuse to take the Covenant.
Ordered, That a Warrant shall issue forth, under Mr. Speaker's Hand, directed to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, to issue forth a Writ, for the Election of a Burgess for the Borough of Newport, alias Medena, in the Isle of Wight, in the County of Southampton, in the room and place of the Lord Falkland; who is disabled, by Judgment of the House, to sit as a Member thereof, during this Parliament.
A Letter from Colonel Rosseter, of Octobris 30 , from Melton-Mowbray, with divers Letters inclosed, from Prince Rupert, and Sir Richard Willys; one of them, signed by Prince Rupert, was from Wisberton, 27 Octobris 1645; and was on the Behalf of himself, and Prince Maurice, and divers other Gentlemen of great Quality; desiring a Pass to go to Worcester, and so to come to London, to pass beyond the Seas; engaging his Promise, both for himself and them, not to act any thing to the Prejudice of the Parliament.
The House being informed, That Major Hayne, who brought these Letters, was at the Door;
He was called in; and further informed the House of the Particulars in the said Letters; and that Prince Maurice was gone to Worcester, with some others with him.
And Mr. Speaker, by Command from the House, acquainted him, That the Horse under his Command, and the rest of the Horse of the Association, were entertained for Three Months longer, and Care taken for their Pay; and that the House had taken notice of his Faithfulness and good Service, since he came into the Employment; and did give him Thanks for it.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Rosseter shall grant a Pass to Prince Rupert, Prince Maurice, and the Gentlemen with them, and their Retinues, according to the Desires expressed in the Letter from Prince Rupert, of Octobris 27 , from Wyverton, upon the Engagement of the said Letter.
A Letter, to be sent from both Houses to Colonel Rosseter, to give notice of the foregoing Order, was read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and ordered to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Sir Wm. Lewes carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence, the several Letters from Colonel Rosseter, and the Princes, with the Letter to be sent from both Houses to Colonel Rosseter.
Ordered, That this House doth nominate and approve of John Fettiplace, of Conallens in the County of Gloucester, Esquire, to be High-Sheriff of the said County: And the Commissioners for the Great Seal of England do give him a Commission accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That this House doth nominate and approve of Richard Harlakenden Esquire to be High-Sheriff of the County of Essex: And that the Commissioners of the Great Seal of England do give him a Commission accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Ordered, That this House doth nominate and approve of Sir Isaac Ashley, Knight and Baronet, to be HighSheriff of the County of Norfolk: And that the Commissioners of the Great Seal of England do give him a Commission accordingly.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.
Mr. Ashe brings Answer, That the Lords concurr in all the several Votes and Ordinances carried by him to the Lords.
A Letter from the Committee at York, of Octobris 25 1645, brought by Sir Wm. Allanson, was this Day read.
The Copy of a Letter from the Earl of Leven, and a Letter from Colonel Browne, Governor of Carlisle, touching a great Defeat given by his Forces to the Lord Digby and Sir Marmaduke Langdale, were this Day read.
Sir Wm. Allenson informing the House, That he had brought Letters of very great Concernment, that were taken at the late Battle at Sherborne;
It is Ordered, That the House do meet this Afternoon at Two of Clock, to read these Letters.
Ordered, That, on Wednesday next, there shall be a Collection in all the Parishes and Chapels in London and Westminster, and within the Lines of Communication, and weekly Bills of Mortality, to be employed for the Relief of the poor fugitive Protestants of Ireland, who are fled hither for Refuge: And that the Monies, then collected, be paid, on Friday next, to the Treasurers for maimed Soldiers; to be issued by them, as the Committee of Lords and Commons for Irish Affairs shall direct: And that this Order be forthwith printed: And that my Lord Mayor do take care for the Dispersing thereof.
Ordered, &c. That the Fifty Barrels of Powder, provided for the Siege of Westchester, shall be delivered, by the Officers of the Ordnance, to Richard Worrall.
Sir Wm. Lewes brings Answer from the Lords, That the Lords do agree to the Vote and Letter to be sent to Colonel Rosseter.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Loe, now Prisoner to the Parliament in Ely-House, shall be forthwith bailed: And that Mr. Speaker do take Bail of him: And that the said Mr. Loe do attend the Committee at Goldsmiths-Hall, to make his Composition, according to the Propositions.
Ordered, &c. That Mr. Speaker do issue forth his Warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, to issue forth a Writ, for the new Election of a Burgess for the Town of Wotton-Bassett in the County of Wiltes, in the room and place of Mr. Wm. Pleydall.
A Letter from the Scotts Commissioners, from Worcester-House, of the First of November 1645, with a Letter inclosed, from his Excellency General Leven, and a Copy of a Letter from Colonel Sir John Browne, were this Day read: And
Ordered, &c. That these Letters be referred to the Committee of Lords and Commons that are appointed to prepare an Answer to former of the Scotts Papers.
Ordered, &c. That, on Wednesday next, the several Ministers of the respective Churches and Chapels within the Cities of London and Westminster, and within the Lines of Communication, and weekly Bills of Mortality, do take notice of the great Mercy of God in preserving and keeping together this Parliament now Five Years comp'ece, notwithstanding all the Practices and Endeavours of the Enemy to dissolve and destroy it; and likewise the Mercy of God upon the Forces under Colonel Sir John Browne, in defeating the Forces under the Lord Digby and Sir Marmaduke Langdale in Scotland; and to render Thanks to Almighty God for it: And the Lord Mayor is desired to give the Ministers Notice: And Colonel Venn is to acquaint the Lord Mayor with this Order.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath;
The Lords have commanded us to bring you Prince Rupert's Letter: It is directed to both Houses: And they have sent you their Sense upon it in this Paper. The Lords desire you would take into Consideration the Business of the Earl of Stamford's Petition, for his Maintenance; the Petition for Captain Hutchins; and the Scotts Reformadoes Petition. They have likewise commanded us to bring you a Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning Colonel Martyn: They do agree to it; and desire your Concurrence therein.
The Letter from Prince Rupert, and the Paper from the Lords, concerning That Letter, were read; -and the Paper was in hæc verba; viz. This House thinks fit to grant a Pass to Prince Rupert, and his Company, to go out of the Kingdom: And that it be referred to a Committee of both Houses, to consider of the Manner of it; and report the same to this House: To this Purpose, this House hath appointed Seven Lords, to meet a proportionable Number of the House of Commons, on Monday at Two of the Clock, in the Prince's Lodgings;- and upon the Question, assented unto.
Sir Henry Vane junior, Mr. Crew, Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Samuel Browne, Mr. Sollicitor, Sir John Danvers, Mr. Pierrepont, Mr. Recorder, Colonel Mountague, Sir Wm. Strickland, Major-General Browne, Mr. Ravenscroft, Mr. Bond, Sir Wm. Lewes;
This Committee are to meet with a proportionable Number of the Lords on Monday next, at Two of the Clock post meridiem, in the Prince's Lodgings, to take into Consideration Prince Rupert's Letter; and the Manner of the Pass to be given him, and his Company: And are to report the same to the House.
The Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms was read; and was, For issuing of Commissions to those that are to command the Forces to be employed against Dennington-Castle; and for Colonel Martyn to command the Foot in Chief under Colonel Dalbyer.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree with the Lords, That Commissions shall be forthwith issued to those who are to command the Forces now to be employed against Dennington-Castle: And that Colonel Martyn, whose Regiment is to be employed there, being the eldest Colonel, shall command in Chief, under Colonel Dalbyer, the Foot that are to be employed in that Service.
Ordered, &c. That the Petition of Mr. Hutchins be recommended to the Committee of the Navy, to do therein as they shall find Cause.
Answer returned by the same Messengers;
The House hath considered your Message: And, as to the Vote concerning Prince Rupert's Letter, and the Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, they do agree: They have taken Hutchins' Petition into Consideration: And, as to the rest, will send Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordered, &c. That the Members of this House, that are of the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall, shall have Power to dispose the embroidered Purse, found in one of the Lord Littleton's Trunks, to be employed for the Use of the Great Seal of England.
Ordered, &c. That the Members of this House, that are of the Committee at Haberdashers-Hall, shall have Power to dispose of the Gowns, and other Things, found in the Lord Littleton's Trunks and Packs, in such manner as they shall think fit.
An Ordinance for disabling John sometimes Archbishop of Yorke, Matthew sometime Bishop of Elye, Robert Heath sometime one of the Justices of the King's-Bench, from being Governors of Sutton's Hospital, and for chusing others in their places, was this Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, &c. That, on Monday next, in the Afternoon, the House do meet, and sit, to read the Declaration or Narrative of the Proceedings of the House in the Matter of Religion; the Remainder of these Letters, brought up by Sir Wm. Allenson, being Letters taken at the late Battle at Sherborne, near Yorke.
Ordered, &c. That, on Tuesday next, in the Afternoon, the House do meet, and sit upon the Reports from the Committees.
Resolved, &c. That an Ordinance be brought in for disabling and removing Sir Robert Heath from being ChiefJustice, or any of the Justices, of King's-Bench: And that the Member of this House, that are Commissioners for the Great Seal of England, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Whitlocke, and Sir Henry Vane junior, being added to them for this Purpose, do prepare and bring in this Ordinance: And also, that they do confer with the Justices of the King's-Bench; and consider, How, and in what manner, and whose Name, the Writs of that Court shall bear Teste.